Posts and updates related to stuff that’s new and great with Iron Horse Brewery

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Greg Parker

New Pub Updates

So many questions, so many vague answers. The process of acquiring a building and planning for the move of our retail operations to that new building has reminded me just how much people seem to crave certainty. At least that is my interpretation of questions like: What is the open date? You are keeping the… Read more »

Paul Copenhaver

Not Down With The Sickness

I’m writing this blog post from the comfort of my wood-paneled 1950s ranch-style home, as opposed to the relative comfort of my wood-paneled construction-trailer-style office at Iron Horse Brewery. Why you ask? Because I’m sick. Nothing serious, just the common cold, but it’s the 3rd time in the past month I’ve had to stay home… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Cozy Community Fund 2018

We, the people, don’t agree on a lot. There are so many conflicting viewpoints and major issues in the world, it can be difficult to see the good in humans. The Cozy Community Fund is a chance to realize that regardless of our differences from person to person, our community can come together to support… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

Compost At [ The Pub ]

Part of being a responsible business is being an environmental steward. When Eric Welsh of River Farm Worms approached Iron Horse Brewery about collecting food waste from [ the pub ] for one month to see if it could save us money on our trash bill while also helping him get his new compost business off the… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

A Cozy Party

Have you been to a cozy party at [ the pub ] before? If you have get ready for the most epic, mind blowing throwdown of some of the ugliest sweaters you have even seen… and what some called the best Santa in town… If you haven’t you might not want to miss this one…. Read more »

Nicole Klauss

The Art of Packaging

Packaging = the most valuable, yet under appreciated tasks at a production company Grab a handful of bottles, put them in a box, continue until the box is full, close the box, tape the box, date stamp it and repeat. A bunch more times. Working in the beer industry might sound like a glamorous job, but… Read more »

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Hop Selection

Every year our cousins drive to Yakima to sniff hops and pick out the ones that smell the best and are most useful for what we’re trying to brew. We asked them for their thoughts on this year’s hop selection experience. Tyson: It’s awesome.  I mean hops smell wonderful, it’s interesting to smell the differences… Read more »

Morgan Moran

Beer Slang

There are a lot of abbreviations and quick lingo that one must learn in a brewing environment. Here at the production facility we are moving as quickly as possible to get our godly juice (beer) out to our consumers to enjoy. Those time requirements don’t allow us enough time to even use full words. Below… Read more »

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Our Take On What Makes A Brewery Great

What makes a brewery great? What creates popularity or what it is it about the experience that makes it so good? Is it buzz or small volume or atmosphere? Or something else? We asked our cousins for their opinions. Wes: I think the obvious first answer is craft and quality beer. Along with that I’d… Read more »

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The Pursuit Of Holacracy

Iron Horse Brewery tends to have a unique way of doing things, everything really, and that extends to how we work on a day-to-day basis. We are constantly striving to improve and make work an enjoyable place for our 45-ish cousins employed with us. We thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at… Read more »

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Make A Ruckus Or Win One

Head Outside and Make a Ruckus This Summer with Life Behind Bars Now available in 12 oz. six-packs Summer is here so Head Outside and Make a Ruckus with Life Behind Bars, a beer made for dirt in your face and wind in your hair, now available in 12 oz cans. To celebrate this new… Read more »

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New Cousins

Catch up with the family. Cole Ridley, line cook Least favorite style of beer: Stouts Middle Name: Thomas What do you wish your middle name is: The Riddler Favorite past-time: Conversations with complete strangers. Especially when beer is involved. Who do you look like: I USED to have hair like Justin Bieber. But before Justin Bieber was Justin Bieber, so… Read more »

Morgan Moran

Best by dates for beer

When talking about why we date our packaged beer you get yourself into a very deep hole of brewing science to explain something that seems so simple. I will try my best to bring a little bit of light into that brewing science hole. When you look at a date on a can, bottle, or… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Megan Truax Edition

Time for the next former employee feature where we highlight one of our fine cousins (what we call our employees) who has left us and moved on to a new place in their working life.   Name: Megan Truax Role: Market Manager, Central Washington   Iron Horse Brewery: What years did you work at IHB?… Read more »

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Can I Order Irish Death Online?

One of the most frequent questions we get asked from our fans is, “Can I order Irish Death online?” It’s sometimes phrased as “How can I get some shipped to (insert state here)?” We want to help reunite you with your favorite beer so here are some possible options for ordering Irish Death online. We… Read more »

Send It Pale Ale by Iron Horse Brewery
Jared Vallejo

Surprisingly, we received a cease and desist.

UPDATE: We have resolved the issue with the other PNW brewery; they will continue with their product until the end of the year – allowing them to recoup expenses, and perhaps, more importantly not throw away perfectly good, independent beer. +++++++++ But first, let’s flashback to October 9, 2017. I was sitting in the trailer… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Lindsay Montgomery Edition

Time for the next former employee feature. Each month we’re highlighting one of our fine cousins (what we call our employees) who has left us and moved on to a new place in their working life. Once a cousin, always a cousin. This month we’re highlighting Lindsay Montgomery.   Iron Horse Brewery: What was your… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Carson McDonald Edition

Time for the next former employee feature. Each month we’re highlighting one of our fine cousins (what we call our employees) who has left us and moved on to a new place in their working life. Once a cousin, always a cousin. Name: Carson McDonald   Iron Horse Brewery: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? Carson… Read more »

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Guess When: The Interview

The first in-depth q&a style interview with the band you’ll see taking the stage at the St. Paddy Day Half K events in Boise, ID and Ellensburg, WA. Iron Horse Brewery is tickled to present Guess When. No, don’t guess when. It’s the band, Guess When. This dynamic quartet will rock your socks off in… Read more »

Greg Parker

We Can’t Get Anything Right

That may not necessarily be true, but I never have been able to properly classify Irish Death. It’s true. We used to try. It never worked. What is this? A robust porter. Um, no, too high of alcohol and no roasty dryness in the finish You’re right.   What is this? A sweet stout. No… Read more »

Catie Hoffmann

Failing Forward

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” –Sir Winston Churchill I wrote this blog before my Pats lost the Super Bowl (Jay Skeen, bet you’re happy right now), but the content just seemed too perfect to not share just days after my team suffered a crushing defeat. Tom Brady…. This… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Robyn Stewart Edition

Time for the next former employee feature. Each month we’re highlighting one of our fine cousins (what we call our employees) who has left us and moved on to a new place in their working life. Once a cousin, always a cousin. Name: Robyn Stewart   IHB: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? RS: Marketing Intern,… Read more »

Sabrina Enders

“Keep Your Hands to Yourself” and Other Useful Tips for Behaving in Public Spaces

If you’ve spent any amount of time browsing the internet in the past two years, I know you’ve happened across the plethora of brilliantly sarcastic, occasionally brutal, and all too poignant memes and messages surrounding appropriate interactions between customer service professionals and our patrons (and if you haven’t, fret not! I’ve linked a bunch in… Read more »

Rikki Welz

Iron Horse Punnery – Naming Hand Cannon IPA

The process of naming a beer has become a serious point of contention in the current craft beer landscape. With over 4000 breweries in America, pumping out new brand after new brand to satiate our ever changing market pulls, you have to be on the top of your game. Because of this, employees at IHB… Read more »

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FWD: FWD: FWD: YOU’VE BEEN HIT BY THE IHB BEER TRUCK ANNOUNCING OUR NEW GRAMPS HAZY IPA

FWD: FWD: FWD: YOU’VE BEEN HIT BY THE IHB BEER TRUCK ANNOUNCING OUR NEW GRAMPS HAZY IPA   l*********************l ll_ l____IHB_TRUCK__l ll””’l””’\___ l_________________l lll_l_l_l___l) l(@)*(@)********(@)**(@)****(@)   ONCE YOU’VE BEEN HIT, YOU HAVE TO HIT 12 OF YOUR FRIENDS, INCLUDING WHO SENT IT TO U IF YOU GET HIT AGAIN YOU’LL KNOW YOU LIKE OUR BEER… Read more »

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Wow, You Drank A Lot Of Beer in 2017

We are impressed. You drank a lot of our beer in 2017 — 5,927,944 16-ounce pints specifically (give or take a few because math is hard). If you even consumed just one of those pints, high five yourself. It’s because of you that we get to spend our days brewing tasty beers, making videos about… Read more »

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15 Resolutions You Can Do Besides Giving Up Beer

You don’t have to have a “dry January” or “give up beer” this year. Here are 15 perfectly viable alternatives to giving up beer. We think these resolution ideas will also help you feel like a better person, or like you’ve grown or something like that. 1. Don’t give up beer. Use a wider variety… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Tess McIntyre Edition

Time for the next former employee feature. Each month we’re highlighting one of our fine cousins (what we call our employees) who has left us and moved on to a new place in their working life. Once a cousin, always a cousin. Name: Tess McIntyre IHB: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? TM: While at IHB… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

An Open Letter to Mr. or Ms. Hot Pockets®

Dear Mr. or Ms. Hot Pockets®, Your delicious, creamy melted cheese enveloping perfectly diced meat squares wrapped in buttery baked pastry dough is truly one of the best creations of all time.  And, it’s SO. EASY. TO EAT. that is, once you wait the appropriate 5.7 minutes to let it cool down after the requisite… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

A Year With Official Tours At Iron Horse Brewery

If you’re stumped for a gift idea, what’s better than a brewery tour to see where Irish Death is made? We’ve been allowing some of you into our super not-at-all secret brewing lair for a year now and here’s what happened: One hundred forty-seven people registered for our IHB tours through official channels. Some of… Read more »

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Super Mega Ultimate Contest For An LED Giveaway

If you’re needing a little bit of light in your life you should probably get one of those light therapy boxes (which a handful of our cousins swear by) or drive someplace where the sun is actually shining. If you just want to win something really bright to show off how much you love Iron… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

10 Weird Gift Ideas For All Of Your Favorite People

Tis the season for buying stuff for your loved ones.  Most people stick to the safe gifts like gift cards, tasteful clothing and items the receiver had previously hinted at wanting.  Since all of that is pretty cut and dry, I thought I would do you, the faithful reader, a service by illuminating some gifts… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Cozy Community Fund Recap Because Helping Others Is Rad

During this holiday season, Iron Horse gets the opportunity to reflect on growth, failures, relationships, and new opportunities. We have a lot to be thankful for as a company such as, living in such a compassionate and engaging community. With that being said, Iron Horse Brewery, with help from Kittitas County residents, committed to donate… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Iron Horse Beer in 2018

Over here in the Iron Horse Brewery trailer department, we spend a ridiculous amount of time behind our computers, looking at charts, analyzing graphs, reading the reddit.com/r/beer forum, making these calendars, or just visiting this site. This time of year is particularly cumbersome because of all the “planning” and “best-guessing” that is happening for the… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Elliott Schmitz Edition

Here at Iron Horse Brewery we’ve had some fine cousins (what we call our employees) over the years. And while we think that giving them free beer will make them stay with us forever, some of them end up leaving to follow their dreams or something. We have a hard time letting go so we’ve… Read more »